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Dohomey Warriors: Black History Month Women to Know

From wikipedia: King Houegbadja (who ruled from 1645 to 1685), the third King of Dahomey, is said to have originally started the group which would become the Amazons as a corps of elephant hunters called the gbeto. Houegbadja's son King Agaja (ruling from 1708 to 1732) established a female bodyguard armed with muskets. European merchants recorded their presence. According to tradition, Agaja developed the bodyguard into a militia and successfully used them in Dahomey's defeat of the neighbouring kingdom of Savi in 1727.[2] The group of female warriors was referred to as Mino, meaning "Our Mothers" in the Fon language, by the male army of Dahomey. From the time of King Ghezo (ruling from 1818 to 1858), Dahomey became increasingly...

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Warrior Queen Taytu: Black History Month Woman to Know

It's crazy to think that Black history can be summed up in 1 month every year. The truth is it can't. Cultures that span millennia, and now, virtually every county on the planet could never be represented in 28 days. My goal is to share a tiny sliver of this history and celebrate it with spotlights of Black women who have done incredible things. Ethiopian Empress, Taytu Betul1851-1919 In 1896, Taytu, the 3rd wife of Emperor Menelik II, fought on the field leading a troop of 5,000 at the Battle of Adwa against the Italian army. The Ethiopian army defeated the Italian invaders.  Many historians name The Battle of Adwa the most significant African battle against a European army during colonization.  Prior...

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Activist of the Month: Linda Sarsour

If you were at the Women's March last year or again this year, you have a very woke group of women to thank for organizing the historic rally. One of whom is Linda Sarsour. Most popularly known for her work as a co-chair of the Women's March, Linda has lived a life of activism including:  Arab American Association of New York After the 9/11 attacks, Sarsour joined the organization as a volunteer to protect Muslim American cilvil rights in light of the backlash. She later became a the director and was recognized by President Barack Obama as a "champion of change".  Black Lives Matter Sarsour organized Muslim allies to protest with Black Lives Matter members in multiple cities in the United...

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Protest Kit: 10 Things to Bring to Your Next Resistance Rally

Resistance rallies are having a moment right now, and I could not be happier! I want to make sure all of you have a splendid and safe time out there so I complied a list of resistance march essentials to get you though those high-spirited, positive vibes only, women empowering streets.    1. Sneakers I've seen people go full costume and even heels, but the old woman in me says wear comfortable athletic shoes. You'll be moving for hours so to thine own self be good.  2. Lightweight jacket with hood I don't know where you live, but having a tech-smart, light-weight, waterproof jacket is a must, even if it's hot and sunny. For all my fellow LA people, we know that diurnal...

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All the Celebrities Who Brought Activists to the Golden Globes

Susan Sarandon + Rosa ClementeKnow Thy Self Meryl Streep + Ai-jen PooDomestic Workers United Michelle Williams + Tarana Burke#metoo Laura Dern + Monica RamirezAlianza Nacional de Campesinas   Emma Stone + Billie Jean KingWomen's Sports Organization Emma Watson + Marai Larasi Imkaan  Shailene Woodley + Calina LawerenceStand With Standing Rock  Amy Poehler + Saru JayaramanROC United

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